Great Lawn Off Limits for RNC
Activists have lost another battle with the courts to peacefully demonstrate in
New York City during the Republican National Convention. The groups, the ANSWER
coalition along with the National Council of Arab-Americans, fought New
York City officials? denial of their permit to gather on Central Park?s great
lawn. The city claims they want to protect the grass and recommends another
site along the West Side highway. Protestors reject that offer saying the
location is insufficient to support as many as 250-thousand people without
facilities or shade in the city heat. The case by United for Peace and Justice
for use of the lawn is still pending.
Iraqi Prisoner Abuse Hearing
Another U.S. military reservist implicated in the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal
appeared before a U.S. judge at a military base in Germany. Guy Deegan reports
Counter Intelligence Proposal
A ranking Republican Senator makes a sweeping proposal to counter the Bush
administration on intelligence. Ellen Ratner reports from D.C.
Sudanese to Nigeria for Peace Meeting
Sudanese government representatives and two black African rebel groups are
participating in peace talks in Nigeria. Sam Olukoya reports from Lagos.
Indian Truckers on Strike
Truckers in India struck for a third day today causing prices to rise further
amidst already rising inflation. Binu Alex reports from Ahmedebad.
Single Issue Campaigns
Government watchdog groups are raising the alarm over presidential
campaigns by the two major parties for focusing on the single issue of
John Kerry or George Bush's service 30 years ago during the Vietnam War.
Whether it's the anti-Kerry group the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth or
the anti-Bush groups MoveOn.org, 2 organizations legally outside of the
political party system are significantly influencing the issues being
covered by the media and debated by the parties. However, as Mitch
Jeserich reports, issues that effect people's lives are being drowned
out by the attention given to what candidates did or did not do 30 years
ago in a very unpopular war.
Department of Justice: New Regulations
New regulations enacted by the Labor Department and supported by
President Bush went into effect today. The regulations are said by
administration officials to have a positive impact on workers, but union
members rallying in Miami, Cincinnati, Washington DC and other cities
decried the changes. Darby Hickey of our DC Bureau brings this report...
Questions Remain about Nuclear Weapons Plant
The cleanup at the closed Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant in
Colorado continues, and questions remain about whether the site will
ever be safe. Citizen's groups say that there is more contamination than
the Department of Energy admits, and continue to criticize the cleanup
as inadequate. Critics say that full disclosure of information about
what occurred at the plant and exactly which areas are contaminated
remains obscure. Activists are pressing for the release of documents
that they say will prove their case. Daniel Costello has more from
NYPD Keeping an Eye on Activists in Other States
Federal and local law enforcement agencies are keeping a close eye on
political demonstrations during the Republican National Convention. A
new report says that the NYPD has sent detectives to do round the clock
monitoring of activists in their final days of planning. Leigh Ann
Caldwell has more on this story from WBAI in New York City.
Life After Capitalism Conference
Activists that will march and protest the National Republican Convention
gathered in New York City this weekend for the Life After Capitalism
Conference 2004. Dolores M. Bernal from the DC Radio Co-op, has more
National Indigenous Congress Meets
Mexico's Indigenous National Congress held a gathering this weekend in
the southern state of Oaxaca. The theme of the event was to discuss
strategies for defending indigenous autonomy. Vladimir Flores was there
and files this report.
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